A herder’s yurt at the foot of a mountain in Mongolia : MARIE LUISE ERMISCH

The Canada-Pacific Alliance Scholarship Program

The Canada-Pacific Alliance Scholarships Program (CPAS) is built to support and strengthen the Pacific Alliance (PA) and its member countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The five-year program is administered […]

Highlights from the “ASM in South Africa: Promoting Livelihoods through Governance Reform and Formalization” Virtual Roundtable

On October 14, The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) was pleased to host a roundtable discussion on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) in South Africa: Promoting Livelihoods through […]

Community Benefit Agreements: Systematic Literature Review [1990-2020] – Preliminary Findings Report

Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are an emerging form of contractual relations between natural resource development companies (proponents) and the local communities that host them. In some cases, the state also […]

Policy Brief: A Guide for Governments on the Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM)

The Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM) is a publicly available set of disclosures on local procurement which aims to guide information-sharing for mine sites on their policies, programmes, and results […]

UNEA’s Resolution on Sustainable Mineral Resource Governance: Reflections from CIRDI’s COO Jaime Webbe on Two Pressing Mineral Resource Governance Issues

In March 2019 the world’s environmental decision-making body, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), adopted a resolution on sustainable mineral resource governance. The resolution touches on many key environmental issues […]

Op-Ed: Strengthening the Reins on Sustainable ASM Financing

“…access to formal, private finance is key to establishing responsible and economically viable ASGM enterprises, to create a long-term, sustainable sector that realizes its full development potential…” PlanetGold (August, 2020) […]

Celebrating Our Achievements: CIRDI’s Year in Review 2019/20 Launched

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute is pleased to announce the release of its Year in Review, highlighting the Institute’s biggest achievements and initiatives from 2019-2020. This Year in […]

A Year in Review 2019/20

  Learn more about UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) in our 2019/20 Year in Review. This Year in Review offers a snapshot of our collective pursuits as […]

CIRDI Endorses the New Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) realized a significant milestone with the release of the world’s first Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (The Standard) in early August. CIRDI is […]

WEBINAR: Canada-Africa Leadership: Natural Resource Development for Stronger Communities

On 26 August the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business organized a webinar to profile the vital role of Canadian natural resource companies in positively impacting communities across Africa. The session covered […]

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Mapping the South African Ecosystem

The Government of South Africa is contemplating policy reforms that will advance its transformation agenda in the mining sector. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) is recognised as a potential pathway […]

Policy Brief: Standardized Reporting on Mining Local Procurement: Why Civil Society Organizations Should Promote the Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM)

The Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM) is a publicly available set of disclosures on local procurement which aims to guide information-sharing for mine sites on their policies, programmes, and results […]

Design of Mechanisms for Financing Capital Investments for Mercury Free Technologies

The New CIRDI Project Aims to Overcome Financial Barriers to the Adoption of Mercury-Free Technologies in Guyana’s ASM Sector

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) has been chosen to design new financing options for ASM communities in Guyana. The project, in partnership with Conservation International (CI), aims […]

WEBINAR: Environmental and Social Licenses for Mining Projects in India: Assessing Regulatory Gaps and Prospects for Reform

On June 8, UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) was pleased to host a virtual discussion on the regulatory regime for post-leasing mining licenses in India, with respect […]

Argentina: Mining Policy in a Federal Country | HIGH GRADE Talks with Carolina Del Valle

High Grade Media is the globally acclaimed interview series on the extractives industry and natural resources management. Represented by Åsa Borssén, High Grade came to our Leading Practices workshop to interview some of […]

Water and Mining | HIGH GRADE Talks with Nadja Kunz

High Grade Media is the globally acclaimed interview series on the extractives industry and natural resources management. Represented by Åsa Borssén, High Grade came to our Leading Practices workshop to interview some of […]

Ethiopia: Developing a Mining Sector | HIGH GRADE Talks with Geremew Negassa

High Grade Media is the globally acclaimed interview series on the extractives industry and natural resources management. Represented by Åsa Borssén, High Grade came to our Leading Practices workshop to […]

The Rise in Conflict Associated with Mining Operations: What Lies Beneath? Full Report

This study explores the nature and root causes of mining-related conflict. A more systematic understanding of conflict can help all stakeholders to apply preventive rather than reactive measures, and to […]

Press Release – New CIRDI and UNDP Study Looks at the of Role of Governments in Conflicts Associated with Mining

November 2018 – The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) published a new study entitled, “The Role of Host Governments in Enabling […]

The Role of Host Governments in Enabling or Preventing Conflict Associated with Mining – Abridged version

This study is the second phase (Phase 2) of an ongoing research project to improve understanding about the rise in conflict associated with mining operations around the world, particularly in […]

Enhancing International Capacity for Benefit Agreement Implementation

The Yukon Fellowship

In the first two weeks of September 2018, CIRDI hosted a fellowship mission that brought together 13 fellows representing their countries’ mining and environment ministries or small-scale mining associations. The […]

REPORT: What Participation? Distinguishing Water Monitoring Programs in Mining Regions Based on Community Participation

Water issues are a major concern for the mining sector and for communities living near mining operations. Water-related conflicts can damage a firm’s social license to operate while violent conflicts […]

Post-Conflict Transformation of ASM through Education, Organization and Consultation in Colombia